Dating Advice: Come Home Safe!

You know the story: The text and photo did not belong to the person who put them on his/her profile. There you are, stuck with someone you wouldn’t answer the door for and you’re out on a date. Ugh. Let this be a lesson to you. If you were shopping for a second-hand dining room table, you’d have asked the color, the wood, the length, the width, the carving or other artistic features, perhaps the style of the chairs, the number of those chairs, and, of course, the condition of the set long before you put your key in the ignition to take a look. So why should a date get less scrutiny than that? Common courtesy demands that you put at least as much effort into selecting your date as you would a chair. Not to mention the incredible difference it would make to you to not end up in a dark alley with the wrong person. In these days of ecstasy, rohypnol and the rest of the buffet of date-rape drugs, it happens. So here are some guidelines to avoid all that. Don’t ever, under any circumstances, feel desperate. If you catch yourself doing the desperation thing, take a walk, work out, say affirmations, call your friend and talk for two hours, take a bubble bath, read an absorbing book, plan a vacation, but under no circumstances should you allow yourself for one single moment that panicky feeling of desperation.   If you find yourself nursing feelings of desperation, take out a few pieces of loose leaf paper and make a list entitled, “My wonderful attributes,” and...
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